The hot hatchback class has gain a significant amount of popularity with car shoppers looking for the gun of a sports car paired with the practicality of a compact. Two of the top entries in this interesting segment are the Ford Focus RS and the Subaru WRX. Looking at the 2017 Ford Focus RS vs the 2017 Subaru WRX will help anyone considering a hot hatchback make their final decision.
Both the 2017 Ford Focus RS and the 2017 Subaru WRX are powered by turbocharged four-cylinder engine options. The Subaru car can be equipped with either a 268 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 305-horsepower 2.5-liter engine.
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The 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine offered on the 2017 Ford Focus RS is able to outperform both of the Subaru engines. This award-winning engine delivers and impressive 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. This power is sent to all four corners of the car via Ford’s all-wheel drive system.
Even with more power, the Ford EcoBoost engine is able to earn better fuel economy ratings than the Subaru 2.5-liter four-cylinder. A stop-start feature helps the Focus RS save fuel by shutting down the engine when the car stops. Focus RS models earn an estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highways. The fuel economy ratings on the 2.5-liter WRX check in at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highways. The Ford Focus RS is not only more powerful, it is a more practical car.
While we are still waiting on the RS mode, the 2017 Ford Focus is now in our inventory at Brandon Ford. Take a look at our selection to learn more, or stop by and take this capable compact car for a test drive.